Café proposals unveiled for Chelsea's Duke of York Square

Cadogan has unveiled plans for a new café in Duke of York Square, located off King's Road in Chelsea. Following an international architectural competition in 2012, which saw around 150 entries from across the world, London-based Nex Architecture had its designs selected by a jury to progress proposals for an independently run cafe.

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New developments planned for Angel Central in Islington

CBRE Global Investors has announced the appointment of CBRE and Restaurant Property as joint agents on Angel Central retail and leisure centre in Islington. Plans are in place to enhance the centre's retail and dining offer to create Islington's most compelling mix of leading multiple and independent operators.

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Gap partners with Lion Coffee + Records

Apparel and accessories brand Gap has teamed up with East London's Lion Coffee + Records to open a pop-up space at its Oxford Street flagship. Located on the ground floor, Gap + Lion offers customers a place to relax, drink coffee, buy records and enjoy music from London's emerging talent.

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Westfield launches major new retail report

This morning (Monday 8 February 2016), Westfield is launching its first comprehensive report into the future of retail. Based on interviews with 13,000 consumers in the UK and USA, Westfield has identified the five key trends that will affect the future of shopping and is calling on retailers – many of which faced a challenging Christmas – to innovate or face losing out.

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Work begins on Meadowhall's £60m refurbishment

Work has begun today (Monday 1 February 2016) on the initial stage of Meadowhall's £60m internal refurbishment programme in Sheffield. The first area of the shopping centre to benefit from the makeover will be both levels of The Arcade, from M&S to the iconic central dome.

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John Lewis enters Middle East with largest international shop-in-shop

John Lewis has announced plans to open an international shop-in-shop in Dubai in spring 2017. The 1,393 sq m space will be the retailer’s largest overseas shop-in-shop to date and will open within the new flagship Robinsons department store in Dubai Festival City Mall, both of which are part of Al-Futtaim.

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JUSTSO creates Harrods Doha pop-up village

After three successful years of the pop-up village for Harrods in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the next destination for the international luxury village was Doha, Qatar.

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Dixons Carphone set to introduce 3-in-1 format

Dixons Carphone has announced plans to close 134 stores and combine its remaining PC World and Currys stores, placing a Carphone Warehouse outlet in each one.

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JUSTSO creates interactive Rolls Royce pop-up at Harrods

In December, Harrods unveiled a Rolls Royce pop-up space at the front of the store, created by retail design agency JUSTSO. The pop-up was designed to promote the car manufacturer's latest range of soft-top convertibles called Dawn. Advertising agency DUKE approached JUSTSO to support with the retail campaign.

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Paco Rabanne opens Paris boutique

French fashion brand Paco Rabanne has opened a new boutique in Paris; it's first standalone store since 2002. The launch is part of the company's multichannel growth strategy, initiated by the arrival of artistic director, Julien Dossena in 2013.

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